Tischendorf -- By: Caspar Rene Gregory

Journal: Bibliotheca Sacra
Volume: BSAC 033:129 (Jan 1876)
Article: Tischendorf
Author: Caspar Rene Gregory


Caspar Rene Gregory

The life of Teschendorf falls naturally into two parts, one of preparation, and one of work; though the former shows work enough to have made the name and filled the days of a common man. Let us take a general glance at the years, and then follow them in detail.

I. Preparation: Twenty-nine years + (1815–1844).

1. Fourteen years + (1815–1829):home.

2. Fourteen years + (1829–1844):student-life.

(1.) Seven years + (1829–1836): studies. (2.) Seven years + (1836–1844):first publications; 1843, Doctor of Theology.

II. Work: Twenty-nine years + (1844–1873).

1. Fourteen years + (1844–1858): two eastern journeys; finds part of great Codex. Extraordinary and Ordinary Honorary Professor.

2. Fourteen years+ (1859–1873): third eastern journey; finds larger part of Codex. Ordinary Professor. Applies the Codex to the text of the New Testament. One year + (1873–1874):fatal illness.

I. Preparation

1. Home (1815–1829)

Certain lands which once belonged directly to the German

emperor, and which, as ruled by a Voigt, or governor, in his name, were called the Voigtland or Vogtland, now form parts of various sovereignties. The southwest corner of the present kingdom of Saxony is one of these parts, and is called the Saxon Voigtland. It is a hilly country, with winding, bluff-edged streams, but has also open spaces. On broad, gently-sloping grounds, at the mouth of the Sulz valley, stands the town of Lengenfeld, about fifty-five English miles south of Leipzig.

At Lengenfeld, on the eighteenth of January, 1815, — the day named Felicitas, or happiness, in the calendar, — about forty days before Napoleon’s return from Elba, a child was born, who proved destined to lead a career more successful than that of the Corsican — a career that shed no blood and destroyed no empire. The father, a Thuringian by birth, was the physician of the town, and as well physician and apothecary for the surrounding district. The mother was a descendant of Triller, who rescued the Saxon princes Ernst and Albert, stolen from Altenburg castle by Kunz of Kauffungen, 1455 a.d. Lobegott Friedrich Constantin Tischendorf was the ninth child of his parents. Shortly before the birth of the eighth child, the mother had seen a misshapen beggar; and in consequence, by the singular but not unknown effect of the impressions received by a woman with child, the infant appeared with...

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